City Attorney's Office

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Role of the City Attorney

Legal Advisor
The City Charter provides that “the City Attorney shall be the legal advisor to the City Council, its Boards and Commissions and the officers and employees of the City on all matters concerning the municipal affairs of the City.”  Services of the City Attorney’s Office include the preparation of formal and informal opinions and advice, preparation of ordinances, resolutions, permits, contracts, and other legal documents, and representation of the City before various State and Federal agencies. The City Attorney also advises on meeting procedures, including the Brown Act and Ex Parte Communications.

Litigation
Legal representation is provided, either in-house or through outside retained counsel, in litigation arising from claims by or against the City, including representation in cases involving contracts, bodily injury and property damage, code enforcement, eminent domain, land use litigation, employer-employee matters and writs.  The City Attorney’s Office also prosecutes criminal infractions and misdemeanors involving violations of the Monterey City Code.

Claims
Responses to claims against the City for bodily injury, property damage and incidents involving alleged City negligence are coordinated with the City’s Risk Management Office.

Voice: (831) 646-3915
Fax: (831) 373-1634

Christine Davi
City Attorney
davi@monterey.org

Karin Salameh
Assistant City Attorney
salameh@monterey.org

Ryan Donlon
Deputy City Attorney
donlon@monterey.org

Alicia Salas
Legal Secretary
salas@monterey.org

512 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Administrative Citation Appeals

The City Attorney’s Office coordinates appeal hearings for administrative citations for violations of the Monterey City Code.  If you have received an administrative citation and wish to appeal the citation, you must do so within 30 days of the date of the citation by submitting the hearing request form to the City Attorney’s Office together with an advance deposit of the total fine amount or an advance hardship waiver application form .